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Junior Philharmonic

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Junior Philharmonic



Celebrating our 63rd Season!

The Erie Jr. Philharmonic is comprised of young musicians in grades five through twelve from Pennsylvania, Ohio, and New York. These students represent 30 schools in the metropolitan area and surrounding counties.


Our History

The Erie Jr. Philharmonic has been an orchestra for young people since 1953, and is the third oldest youth orchestra in the United States. Graduates are now playing in orchestras such as the New York Philharmonic, the Columbus Symphony, the Erie Philharmonic, and many other orchestras across the country.

The Erie Jr. Philharmonic offers weekly rehearsals, sectional coaching, and advanced chamber ensembles for members of the string, brass, woodwind, and percussion sections of the orchestra. Performance opportunities include annual winter and spring concerts, a tour of schools, ensemble performances, an annual concerto competition, and a performance with the Erie Philharmonic Orchestra.

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Auditions


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Auditions

Tuesday, September 6            

New Player Auditions, Cole Auditorium, Edinboro Univ., begin at 6:30 p.m.

Sunday, September 11

String Placement Auditions, St. Paul’s Church, begin at 1:00 p.m.

Monday, September 12          

Woodwind and Brass Placement Auditions, General McLane High School, 7:00 p.m

Monday, January 9                

Concerto Competition and New Player Auditions (General McLane High School)

May 8 or 15

New Player Auditions, General McLane High School, begin at 6:30 p.m.

 

Call 814-774-8598 or 814-323-8222 to schedule an audition

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Schedule


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Jr. Phil Full Schedule 2016-17

All rehearsals occur on Tuesdays at General McLane High School unless otherwise noted

September 15             (Thursday) First rehearsal for all ensembles and for Jr. Phil at General McLane

                                     First Parent’s organization meeting in cafeteria at 7:00 p.m.

 

September 20              Jr. Phil. and all ensembles rehearse at General McLane

September 27              Jr. Phil. and all ensembles rehearse at General McLane

Bring a Friend Night – Musicians are encouraged to bring a friend who plays an orchestral instrument and would possibly be interested in joining Jr. Phil.

Rehearsal will end with a pizza party.

 

October 4                    Jr. Phil. and all ensembles rehearse at General McLane

October 11                  Jr. Phil. and all ensembles rehearse at General McLane; Parents meet in cafeteria at 7:00

October 18                  Jr. Phil. and all ensembles rehearse at General McLane

October 25                  Jr. Phil. and all ensembles rehearse at General McLane

 

November 1                Jr. Phil. and all ensembles rehearse at General McLane

November 8                Jr. Phil. and all ensembles rehearse at Cole Auditorium, Edinboro Univ.; Parents meet in rehearsal hall at 7:00

November 15              Jr. Phil. and all ensembles rehearse at General McLane

 

November 22              Prelude and Intermezzo ensembles rehearse at General McLane

                                    Jr. Phil. Regency Concert (Jr. Phil Orchestra at the Regency), 7:30 p.m.


Monday, November 28

Dress Rehearsal for Winter Concert (Cole Auditorium, Edinboro Univ.), 7:00 p.m.

(Ensemble Rehearsals either Monday or Tuesday at coach’s discretion)

 

Tuesday, November 29

Winter Concert (Cole Auditorium, Edinboro Univ.), 7:30 p.m.

(Ensemble Rehearsals either Monday or Tuesday at coach’s discretion)

 

Thursday, December 1

Winter Ensembles Concert (Hirt Auditorium, Blasco Library), 7:00 p.m.


January 10                             First rehearsal and first parents’ meeting at General McLane

January 17, 24, 31                 Jr. Phil. and all ensembles rehearse at General McLane

 

February 7, 14 (parents’ meeting), 21, 28                   Jr. Phil. and all ensembles rehearse at General McLane

 

March 7                        Jr. Phil. and all ensembles rehearse at General McLane

March 14 (parents’ meeting)                       Jr. Phil. and all ensembles rehearse at Cole Aud., Edinboro Univ.; parents meet in rehearsal hall 

March 21, 28                       Jr. Phil. and all ensembles rehearse at General McLane

 


Saturday, April 1

Rehearsal at the Warner for the Side-by-Side

Rehearsal time TBA (sometime between 2:00 and 4:30 p.m.)

Saturday, April 1

Side-By-Side Concert at Warner with Erie Philharmonic, 8:00 p.m. concert

(POPS 5, Disney Classics)


April 4, 11 (parents’ meeting), 18, 25                         Jr. Phil. and all ensembles rehearse at General McLane


Saturday, April 29

Dress Rehearsal for Spring Concert, 10 a.m.

 (Cole Auditorium of Edinboro University)

Sunday, April 30

Spring Concert, 3:00 p.m.

(Cole Auditorium of Edinboro University)


Tuesday, May 2                      Tour of Schools, location TBA        

May 2                                      Prelude and Intermezzo ensembles rehearse at General McLane

                                                (Chamber Ensembles rehearse at coach’s discretion)


Thursday, May 4

Spring Ensembles Concert

(Hirt Auditorium, Blasco Library), 7:00 p.m.


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Ensembles


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Ensembles

Students rehearse weekly and will perform in Ensemble Concerts in both the winter and spring.

 

String Ensemble, Brass Ensemble, Wind Ensemble, Percussion Ensemble

These advanced chamber ensembles offer members of the Erie Jr. Philharmonic additional opportunities to rehearse and perform in small group settings.

 

Intermezzo String Ensemble, Intermezzo Brass Ensemble, Intermezzo Wind Ensemble

These ensembles are designed for the novice musician.  Younger students who have been studying their particular instruments for a year or more are encouraged to audition.  A prelude string ensemble is also offered for students who are not quite ready for the intermezzo string ensemble.

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Contacts


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Contacts


Jr. Phil Staff

Leanne Wistrom, Woodwind Ensemble Director

Alex Hake, Staff Liaison

Brad Amidon, Percussion Ensemble Director

Brenda Dolwick, Publicity Director

Howard Lyon, String Ensemble Director

John Szymanski, Stage Manager

Noel Burgoyne, Chair Emeritus

Gena Kuntz, Librarian 

Tom New, Vice President, Education

Crystal Cecchetti, President, Parents Organization

Marshall Fryer, Chair

Richard Elberfeld, Vice President, Parents Organization

Robert Dolwick, Artistic Director & Brass Ensembles Director

Julie Lewis, Jr. Phil Parent & Former Jr. Phil Musician

 Lucia Doyle, Erie Phil Board of Governors

Jennifer Jansen, Prelude & Intermezzo String Ensemble Director

Janet Preston, Business Manager

 


Contacts

 

Erie Jr. Philharmonic Office
23 West 10th Street, Suite 3
Erie, PA 16501
(814) 455-1375 ext. 24 (phone)
(814) 455-1377 (fax)

 

Business Manager/Audition Information
Janet Preston
notserpj@gmail.com

 

Steering Commititee, Donations
Marshall Fryer, Chair
dmfryer2@gmail.com

 

Parents Organization
Crystal Cecchetti, President
Crystal.a.cecchetti@gmail.com

 

The Erie Jr. Philharmonic Orchestra relies on private and corporate donations to cover operating expenses.

 

Donations of any amount are greatly appreciated.